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Women to get equal prize money in Tour Down Under cycling event

South Australian government’s announcement hailed by this year’s winner Amanda Spratt as ‘a huge step forward for equality’

Riders in the Women’s Tour Down Under will receive the same pay as their male counterparts for the first time, the South Australian government has announced.

On Monday the state government announced that from 2019 it would increase the prize pool in the women’s cycling event by about $90,000, putting the competition’s prize pool on par with the male event.

Related: ‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017 and pointed to the future

Wow, not that I needed any more reasons to love Tour Down Under. What a huge step forward for equality https://t.co/gK88JhBNFt

Just wow. Huge news & just one more example of how women’s sport is on the up and in the forefront of the public’s mind in Australia. #proud https://t.co/643Xmic3Zh

Prize money for 2.1 UCI sanctioned #TDU Women’s race is now equal to men’s! I applaud the #seesouthaustralia Government commitment to support women cycling and thrilled to see that UCI’s first World Tour event leads the way for equal prize money! Lots to learn from this action. pic.twitter.com/c5JMNFKSJA

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Cycling: Greipel takes final stage as Impey wins Tour Down Under

André Greipel beat Australian Caleb Ewan by less than half-a-bike length to win sixth stage in Adelaide

German sprint ace André Greipel has caught young Australian star Caleb Ewan on the line again at the Tour Down Under.

Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) beat Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) by less than half-a-bike length to win the sixth and final stage on Sunday in Adelaide.

Related: André Greipel sprints to opening Tour Down Under stage win

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Team Sky will not suspend Chris Froome during investigation

• UCI president David Lappartient called for Froome to be suspended
• Froome set to contest Giro d’Italia and Tour de France this year

Team Sky have assured Chris Froome they will not suspend him from competition despite the advice of the head of cycling’s world governing body.

David Lappartient, the president of the International Cycling Union, told a French newspaper the team should suspend the four-times Tour de France winner while an investigation continues into how he failed a drugs test at the Vuelta a España last September.

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Chris Froome’s failed test will be the end of Team Sky, warns Floyd Landis

• Doper turned informant Floyd Landis calls marginal gains a ‘facade’
• Former US Postal rider says ‘zero tolerance’ policy has crumbled

Floyd Landis has launched a stinging attack on Team Sky, claiming the idea of marginal gains and a zero tolerance policy is a “facade”. The former American rider who turned informant after testing positive for drugs himself scoffed at possible explanations for Chris Froome’s failed test and expects the fallout to be a death knell for Team Sky after eight years at the top.

Former US Postal Service rider Landis, who won the Tour de France in 2006 before being told of a positive drugs test for testosterone 72 hours later, contributed to the downfall of Lance Armstrong with his testimony of widespread doping in cycling.

Related: French cyclist Romain Bardet calls for swift end to Chris Froome case

Related: Away from the big boys, cycling teams are struggling to survive | Kieran Pender

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Andre Greipel sprints to opening Tour Down Under stage win

  • German edges Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan at finish line
  • Norway’s Daniel Hoegaard taken to hospital after crash

German Andre Greipel claimed his 17th Tour Down Under stage win, beating Australian Caleb Ewan and world champion Peter Sagan at Lyndoch in a high-speed bunch sprint that ended the 145km opening stage of the 20th edition of the race.

Related: Away from the big boys, cycling teams are struggling to survive | Kieran Pender

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French cyclist Romain Bardet calls for swift end to Chris Froome case

• Bardet wants Froome asthma case resolved before Tour de France
• Frenchman says ‘cycling would make no sense’ if Froome rides on

The third finisher in the 2017 Tour de France, Romain Bardet, has said that, if Chris Froome’s adverse analytical finding for the anti-asthma drug salbutamol dating back to last September is not resolved before this year’s race, such a situation would be a “catastrophe” for the event and for cycling.

“There would be derision. It would be a farce,” Bardet told the newspaper L’Equipe. “How can our sport be credible if the No 1 rider were to race the Tour with the possibility of a retrospective sanction? Cycling would make no sense.”

Related: Chris Froome fights to save career after failed drugs test result

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Away from the big boys, cycling teams are struggling to survive | Kieran Pender

As Tour Down Under kicks off the World Tour season, the finances in the pro peloton make grim viewing for many

Picturesque Adelaide, the annual host to the UCI World Tour’s season opener, provides few clues as to the financial challenges facing cycling. Almost a million fans will line the roads over the coming week to watch all 18 World Tour teams contest the Tour Down Under, with the world champion, Peter Sagan, the star attraction. Sponsors are wined and dined by teams under the warm South Australian sun, existing deals consolidated and new partnerships discussed. It may lack the grandeur of its European counterparts, but the Tour Down Under – which begins on Tuesday – presents a positive image of international cycling’s top tier.

Yet not all is rosy within this multimillion-dollar sport. Cannondale-Drapac were midway through the 2017 Vuelta a España when the team announced it would fold within weeks unless £5m in sponsorship was secured. Cannondale are no minnows – Rigoberto Urán finished second at the 2017 Tour de France – but the unexpected withdrawal of a prospective partner left the team almost insolvent. While they ultimately survived, signing a new sponsor and crowdfunding over £400,000, the incident highlighted the precarious financial situation of some World Tour teams.

Related: Australians prepare for a bumper year starting with Tour Down Under | Kieran Pender

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Maria Sharapova’s reception a reminder of indifference to doping | Sean Ingle

Melbourne crowds are likely to offer warm support to her this week and research suggests fans continue to back stars and sports laid low by doping scandals

Here is a prediction. Every time Maria Sharapova steps on to court at the Australian Open this year she will be greeted with shrieks of: “Come on Maria!” and elongated waves of goodwill. There will be smiles. And, before even the Russian’s first practice stroke, the unease generated when she received the honour of parading the women’s trophy at the draw last week will be ancient history – much like her positive test for meldonium at Melbourne Park two years ago, and her 15-month suspension.

The thing is, we – the public – talk a good game when it comes to doping. Survey after survey reminds us that high numbers of us think it is bad and those who perpetrate it should be punished. We also know it perverts the spirit of sport – or whatever is left of it – ruins honest people’s careers and can potentially damage an athlete’s health. Yet while we talk the talk the research suggests we do not necessarily walk the walk.

Related: IOC accused of ‘backroom deals’ with Russia over doping scandal

Related: Strong case to ban all Russians from Winter Olympics, says chair of UK Sport

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Australians prepare for a bumper year starting with Tour Down Under | Kieran Pender

In many ways, 2018 could prove a pivotal year for cycling in Australia, with Richie Porte again the focus of much attention

Nothing seems amiss on the sunny streets of Adelaide. The professional peloton has arrived in Australia to begin another year of the UCI World Tour, with the usual circus of sponsors and supporters in tow. Coffee shops are full of lycra-clad riders, the temporary Tour Down Under village is humming with activity and charismatic world champion Peter Sagan is wowing crowds. While some pageantry is expected to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tour, it is otherwise business as usual for Australia’s biggest road race.

But 2018 is not just another year for the nation’s cyclists. A packed calendar in Australia and across the globe promises a mix of challenges and opportunities for riders. The same can be said of those labouring in the back-room, with reform and renewal taking place within the sport’s peak body, its high performance unit and the only Australian-registered World Tour team. In a variety of ways, 2018 could prove to be a pivotal year for cycling in this country.

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